At the invitation of Armenia, Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey will arrive in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on the evening of 30 March 2011 for the start of her official visit. During her visit she will, amongst other things, hold talks with the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and other high-ranking Armenian officials. These will include the Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan and Patriarch Karekin II, Head of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
In Yerevan the Federal President will open the newly established Swiss embassy. Until now Switzerland has maintained a diplomatic presence in Armenia through the Office of the Embassy of Switzerland in Yerevan.
A visit to the second largest city of Gyumri in the north-west of the country is also planned. This area was hit particularly hard by an earthquake in 1988. The Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC) runs an education project there focused on the issue of catastrophe prevention.
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